Suttree (4744) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish copper, nice tan head. Rich malty candyish aroma, with brandy, cherrym alcohol flavors. The alcohol seems a bit too prominate, unfortuneately. Wll made beer, but.it left me a bit cold. Sampled at Ratebeer Southeastern Gathering, Atlanta, 2004
skaughty (627) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2004 Poured Medium/Dark Brown with a transparent burgundy glitter. Flavor is of pit fruit and maple. I picked up the kriek mostly in the aroma. High malt/low hopped. I wonder if the nice bottle should make me increase the "appearance" rating? ;)
Shag (2501) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2004 A great beer. Reddish brown appearance with a medium head and good lacing. Flavor is complex with plums, cherries, nuts, and oranges. Very malty. Too bad I can't this around these here parts. UPDATE : Now it's around these parts. Very warming and flavorful and a steal for $5 a 24oz. I taste that splash of lambic they threw in. An excellent example of the abt/quad style. What an awesome beer. Up goes the rating!
tomxcs (320) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a mahogany color, with a quickly-dissipating head, turning lacey. Initial smell is of alcohol, but there are nutty/fruity undertones, mostly of raisins, plums, figs. The taste is a little too alcoholic, but good, wine/brandy-like. Malty & smooth. The only problem is that I think the beer is too "alcoholic," but overall pretty enjoyable for sipping.
hophead1962 (11) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It is an amber/red color that pours with less carbonation than some beers, especially a lambic. The cherry flavor definitely does not bowl you over. To me it was very subtle. I truly expected it to be more obvious. I really enjoyed this beer.
defCon (19) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer is godlike, definitely one of the best beers you can have, great aroma, easy on the palate, full body, tall, dark, and handsome. This is a great beer to introduce newbies too.
sloth (2341) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small tan/light brown head, short lived. Hazy brown/amber color. Some sticky lacing. Complex nose of malt, honey, fruit and some mustiness. Med/full body, creamy texture.Fruity notes of plum, raisins,chocolate, licorice and hints of vanilla combine to create a very complex brew. Medium dry finish of fruit and a hint of smoke to boot. Ver nice.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 5, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brewed 2003, Sampled February 2004
As I pop the cork I get an immediate aroma of cherries. The cork did not pop very vigorously though, so it seems that this may not be very highly carbonated. It pours though with a vigourous carbonation. It is a muddy amber-ruby color and is toppped by a light brown thick head. There are meaty, malty, cherry, and alcoholic notes in the aroma. As my nose incorporates the aroma the smell of cherries fades and one is left with a spicy Belgian ale nose.
This beer has a creamy mouthfeel to it, but it is not too thick for a Belgian quadrupel, in fact it would be on the light side for some of that designation. It is fairly sweet, and finishes with an alcoholic astringency which is not all that strong. There is definitely some cherries in this beer, but I like that it is fairly subtle and is only one component of this beer. This beer has a soft acidity to it, that is not directly traceable to the Kriek addition. There are fruit notes of raisins, plums, and fig. Though it is sweet up front it finishes with a spicy astringent dryness that is evocative of some herb/ spice that I can't quite think of.
This is a very well made beer. You can tell that a world class brewer put this beer together. Having said that it is missing something; though it is quite complex a couple of other dimensions would be wonderful here. Perhaps a bit of acidity & a bit of Brettanomyces character would be wonderful (I know this is a ridiculous request as these things are not too controllable, but De Dolle gets some of this right, at least sometimes). A very rich beer that is quite satisfying, I definitely like this best of the Ommegang products.
5000 (5651) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2004 Bottle (resampled with a 2004 bottle) pours a cloudy dark ruby color with a fluffy off-white head. Aroma is of raisins, plums, figs, molasses and a bit of vinager. Head has settled down now, almost gone, only a thin film rests on the surface. Fantastic lacing. I step back, only to take another whif... apples, yes, apples can be found there. Initial sip reveals more of a burgundy wine like flavor, raisins, plums... some brown sugar. There is a cloying raisin/vinager flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth, but an acidic sourness kicks you at the end. Overall, an enjoyable Quad. Thanks goes out to herbjones & cquiroga for the trade!
DYCSoccer17 (3158) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 1, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
POurs a cloudy mahogany with a small bubbly 2.5cm tan head. Aroma is gorgeous--yeast, raisins, , sugars, hints of pepper, and hints of banana. STart is sweet with flavors of raisins, only to give way to a nice yeast flavor in the middle. Finish is sweet and earthy with a smoke flavor. Great aftertaste. Mouth feel is adequate. A truly amazing beer!